Dental Hygienists

AUTOMATION RISK
CALCULATED
43%
risk level
POLLING
33%
Based on 111 votes
LABOR DEMAND
GROWTH
8.9%
by year 2032
WAGES
$81,400
or $39.13 per hour
Volume
214,700
as of 2022
SUMMARY
JOB SCORE
7.0/10

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Automation risk

43% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Persuasion

User poll

33% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 43% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Dental Hygienists will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?






Sentiment

The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)

Growth

Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Dental Hygienists' job openings is expected to rise 8.9% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.

Wages

High paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Dental Hygienists' was $81,400, or $39 per hour

'Dental Hygienists' were paid 75.8% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Volume

Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 214,700 people employed as 'Dental Hygienists' within the United States.

This represents around 0.15% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 688 people are employed as 'Dental Hygienists'.

Job description

Administer oral hygiene care to patients. Assess patient oral hygiene problems or needs and maintain health records. Advise patients on oral health maintenance and disease prevention. May provide advanced care such as providing fluoride treatment or administering topical anesthesia.

SOC Code: 29-1292.00

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Comments

Zuzanna (Low) says
As a dental hygienist, I know this job is more complex. The cost of a robot that is able to remove calculus under and above the gum, especially for patients with periodontosis, or providing orthodontic care is too expensive for most dental clinics. Until the cost of that kind of robot becomes affordable, chances are low.
Nov 18, 2023 at 01:36 PM

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